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November 30, 2012

The Wright Move: Mets lock up Franchise with 8 year/$138 Million extension

by @ 9:42 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

The New York Mets and their star 3B David Wright finalized a 8 year, $138 million dollar extension Thursday night and the deal is the biggest in franchise history. The signing is huge for both the player and organization, the Mets have moved(or lost them to free agency) their own homegrown stars(Tom Seaver, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden) or added players who were already established stars(Keith Hernandez, Gary Garter and Mike Piazza) on other teams. David Wright grew up in this organization and is the Mets. He idolizes Cal Ripken Jr and it is important to him that he is linked to one team. This deal all but insures that.

The Mets needed this extension done for reasons both on and off the field. The Wilpon ownership group seems to be on better financial ground after the Madoff fiasco and this deal should give them some good will with a tortured fan base. Wright also understood the economics of the contract and the team. The deal is more front-loaded to help the team add assets and also not punish the team when Wright is near the end of what should be a Hall of Fame career. More importantly, Wright is clearly the Mets leader and best player and the team needs him in both capacities. Fans look to #5 to help lead them back to the postseason and he also provides them with a level of comfort. On a personal note, I am happier than a pig in mud. I was terrified Wright would be an ex Met and this news ends that speculation. David Wright is the face of the Mets and you could not ask for a better representative in MLB. An early Holiday gift for Mets fans!

Now that the team has inked Wright, all the focus of the offseason turns to 2012 NL CY Young Award winner R.A. Dickey. The team has him under contract thru 2013 and has been trying to sign him to an extension. Reports have a deal close with a term and dollar amount being reasonable(3 years/25 mill). Thing should heat up this week at the Winter Meetings in Nashville. Numerous media outlets have the Mets looking to trade either Dickey or LHSP Jon Niese for players that could help the 2013 Mets. One of these two is a good bet to be moved within the next 7 to 10 days. New York’s biggest needs are in the outfield, bullpen and behind the plate at catcher.

November 27, 2012

Outfielders, Catcher and Bullpen the focus as Winter Meetings approach for Mets

by @ 9:33 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

Regardless of how the contract talks with 3B David Wright and Starting pitcher R.A. Dickey turn out, GM Sandy Alderson’s needs to fill holes in the Outfield, bullpen and at catcher. Whether the players are acquired in a trade, signed as free agents or a combination of both, the Mets need more talent. Most of the clubs position player prospects are two to three years away. The next month or so should give us a better idea what type of team the 2013 New York Mets will be. Here are some areas to focus on as the Winter Meetings approach(December 3rd thru the 6th)

The team has internal options in the outfield but could use at least 1 veteran and possibly two after the team let free agent bust Jason Bay go earlier this offseason. Lucas Duda is a natural LF and would provide the team with lacking power. Centerfield is another issue. Matt den Dekker is a 5 tool talent but struggled with his batting average after being called up to Triple A Buffalo. The 2010 5th round pick is a solid all around player but a best case scenario has him in Queens mid season 2014. Internally, Kirk Nieuwenhuis is your best option in 2013. A very good defender, his batting average plummeted every month he was up in majors- .325(April), .263(May), .238(June) and .105(38 July at bats). Right field sees local favorite Mike Baxter as a platoon type who hits righties and struggles vs southpaws. A veteran who can bat leadoff and possibly play some RF would be ideal addition.

The Mets are not likely to chase the top tier free agent Outfielders like Josh Hamilton, BJ Upton or Michael Bourn(who would look great at Citi Field!) due to the clubs perilous financial situation. Alderson does have some trade options however. The Cubs David DeJesus(More of a RF) and Twins Denard Span(Perfect for the Mets!!!) would be solid adds. Both players have young cheaper talent ready to take their spots so the Twins and Cubs could be looking to move them. Some free agent names that the team could afford include Ryan Ludwick and Cody Ross, who provide both power and the ability to handle lefties. Angel Pagan( Starting CF for the World Champion San Francisco Giants) and Scott Hairston(Solid 2012 campaign in Queens, 20 homers and hammered southpaws) are two players Mets fans are familiar with and would be good fits for the 2013 team.

Two other areas to look at are a right handed hitting catcher to pair with returnee Josh Thole. Thole’s fate might also be linked to Dickey’s, as he is the knuckleballer’s personal backstop. The catching free agent market is not too strong but someone like arbitration eligible George Kottaras from the Oakland A’s would help. The Mets might also bring back Kelly Shoppach,who the acquired in a late season trade. As far as bullpen help goes, the Mets did well late in the season with young arms like Josh Edgin, Bobby Parnell, Robert Carson,Jeurys Familia,etc and will wait out the reliever market than strike when they see an ideal fit. Manager Terry Collins has expressed a desire to add a veteran lefty in the pen and look for New York to sign two bullpen arms.

November 20, 2012

Bay Buyout, Wright, Dickey contract talks top Stories of offseason

by @ 9:52 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

The Mets finalizing a buyout for free agent bust LF Jason Bay while picking up the 1 year options on star 3B David Wright($16 million) and 2012 National League CY Young winner starting pitcher R.A. Dickey($5 million) have been the headline grabbers in the offseason. Lets look at these 3 moves individually.

BAY:This had to be done for both Bay and the Mets. A good guy and worker, the one time great player did not work in Queens and that fact was more than likely not going to change. He signed a 4 year 66 million dollar deal in 2009 and the club bought him out for $21 million On November 7th. He played in only 288 games for Mets, battling numerous injuries while hitting only 26 home runs. To give you an idea how much Bay dropped off, before he joined the Mets, he had 4 seasons of 100+ rbi and hit between 22 and 36 homers from 2004 to 2009. I say it all the time on these pages, I have never seen a player of this quality completely fall apart to this level. Bay played at an all star, MVP candidate level in Boston after replacing Red Sox star Manny Ramirez. In NY, he was so bad he was unplayable. Sad to see this happen to a good man and pro. The best for both Bay and the Mets. I covered this man when he broke in the Pirates and would like to wish him well.

WRIGHT:The face of the franchise has been offered a long term deal and getting him signed to an extension is priority one of the Mets offseason. A reasonable number and length would be 5 years/100 million to 7/126. Wright would be 31 when that contract kicked it(2014). The unquestioned leader of the Mets is also homegrown organizational face and not having him signed by the start of Spring Training would create a media circus all season long with trade talks,rumors being reported 24/7. GM Sandy Alderson recently stated he hopes to gain some “clarity” before the Baseball Winter Meetings December 3rd thru the 6th. Meaning he hopes to have a better idea where he stands with both Wright and pitcher R.A. Dickey and if talks are not progressing, he could look to trade them.

DICKEY:An amazing story and season from one of the better people in the game could not have come at a better time for the talented knuckleballer. The 38 year old is signed thru the 2013 campaign and likes pitching in NY. A 2 year deal between 20-25 million with an option year would be reasonable. Dickey has made 91 starts in 3 seasons with Mets and pitched most of last season with a serious abdominal injury.He is tough and embraced pitching in the pressurized NY market. A team leader on and off the field, inking him long term would give the Mets a deep talented rotation with Dickey, LHPs Johan Santana and Jon Niese joining youngsters Matt Harvey and Dillon Gee. There has been more trade rumors circulating about Dickey than Wright but most of them have the Mets asking for a kings ransom,a good indicator the team prefers to sign him long term.

November 14, 2012

BREAKING METS NEWS: R.A. Dickey wins 2012 National League CY Young Award

by @ 10:27 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

A dream season for a great story and man was recognized Wednesday November 14 as R.A. Dickey won the 2012 National League Cy Young. The award is the 5th in Mets history(Hall of Famer Tom Seaver won 3 and Dwight Gooden 1) and the popular knuckleballer received 27 of 32 1st place votes. Dickey posted a 20-6 record with a 2.73 ERA. He led the NL in quality starts(27), Strikeouts(230) and innings pitched(233 2/3). More importantly, he was a staff ace for a team that saw its rotation beaten and battered all season with health issues. Dickey also published a book in spring training detailing his childhood that saw him being sexually abused. Prior to reporting to camp, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. That journey became symbolic for the season Dickey put together. On a personal note, I could not be happier for a player. R.A. is an easy guy to pull for and a class act on and off the field. Playing for the Mets as off late has not been easy but he makes it look easy. Total Class act. Just an amazing story, Dickey almost quit baseball in 2006, was the last man cut as the 2010 Mets left spring training and pitched most of 2012 with a torn muscle in his abdomen. A great, great day for R.A. and the Mets.

DICKEY NUMBERS:

32 2/3- Team record consecutive scoreless innings

1990- Last time a Met pitcher won 20 games(Frank Viola)

74-88- The Mets 2012 record. Dickey was 20-6, so he won 27% of the team wins!!!!!

4.25:1-Dickey’s strike out to walk ratio. 2 to 1 is good.

STAT OF THE YEAR: Dickey became the only pitcher in modern baseball history(1900 and on) to pitch back to back one hitters while striking out at least 10 in each start- on June 13th(at Tampa Bay) and June 18th(vs Baltimore).

PREVIOUS METS CY YOUNG WINNERS:

Tom Seaver(1969, 1973 and 1975)

Dwight Gooden(1985)

METS 20 GAME WINNERS:

Seaver(1969,1971,1972, 1975)

Jerry Koosman(1976)

Gooden(1985)

David Cone(1988)

Viola(1990)

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